New executive director at Boys and Girls Club
Josie Luke says she always had an inherent drive to help people.
Now she is at the perfect job to effect that. Last week she was named the new executive director at the Girls and Boys Club of Price.
"My parents have always been very kind people," she said in an interview at the club on Tuesday morning. "But that wanting to help people was just inside of me since I was young."
The term it "takes a village" that was coined by Hillary Clinton is something that falls into the way Luke was raised. She grew up in Huntington, with family all around.
"I was really raised by many people, maybe 10," she said as she smiled. "We had relatives all around us, that took care of us. It was very blue collar and there were a lot of life experiences there that I learned from."
This drive to help other people made her think about going into nursing "but the chemistry" part of the curriculum got in the way for her. She ended up with an education in psychology and sociology.
Luke has lived most of her life in Castle Country except for the 18 months she spent on a mission for her church in Florida and Alabama and the one and a half years she spent in Logan finishing her Bachelors Degree at Utah State University. She attended CEU (now USU Eastern) and also took extension course from Utah State before she went to Logan. She is a graduate of Emery High School.
Her work experience is varied having worked in the media business with the Emery County Review and ETV 10. She later worked as a receptionist and did accounting for a local company. But her experience of working with kids in Logan has influenced her greatly.
"I worked in the Afterschool Club in Logan while going to Utah State," she said. "I got to work with kindergarteners and it made me realize how close you can get to someone that is not a relative."
While in high school she also worked as part of a group called Peerhelpers, the goal of which is to have youth help other youth.
"It made other kids feel like they mattered," she said. "I just came to the conclusion that if you can make a difference in someones life, you should."
The executive directors job at the Girls and Boys Club is different than many might suspect. The prevailing thought is that it is a job in which someone works with kids, and it is to a certain point. But the position is largely made up of activities to keep the place going. Luke will be dealing with all the administrative duties, working on grant proposals and one of her biggest jobs will be raising money to operate the programs. All those things will be important because she realizes that this is a center for youth, one that could grow much larger and grow quickly too.
"I've heard for a long time there is no place for teens to go in this community," she said as she spoke a little about petitions that were going around to get the county or city to build a recreation center for kids. "But this is a place they can go right here, right now."
The facility at 130 North 200 East in Price is for all kids. Those close to the club have heard from many residents that they think the club is only for disadvantaged kids, but that's not true. It is for all kids and the costs to join are minimal. Right now programs are held downstairs after school for teenagers. Hopefully Luke will soon get some funding to produce a program for younger children, which will be held upstairs in the facility.
In the next few weeks there will be a number of opportunities for the public to see the club and what is done there. The week of March 23-29 is National Girls and Boys Club Week. Activities will be planned for that week. First and foremost on March 24 (3-6 p.m.) there will be an open house and a blood drive held at the club.
On March 22 there is an event sponsored by the Sun Advocate called the Newspaper Olympics, from which all proceeds will go to the operation of the club.
For more information about the blood drive and open house call 435 637-6066.
For the Newspaper Olympics (see the ad on page 8A in this paper) or call Richard Shaw at 435 636 5343 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.